Re: [R] Maximum likelihood estimate of bivariate vonmises-weibulldistribution

From: Chaouch, Aziz <>
Date: Fri 12 May 2006 - 23:13:20 EST

Thanks a lot! I wasn't aware of that copula package and it could well be appropriate to use it for my application. However if I read the copula help correctly, I still need to know what kind of copula to use to link the distribution of wind speeds and directions. Is there a way to determine this in R?

Moreover can I use the Von Mises distribution from the circular or CircStats package into the mvdc function of the copula package or does the mvdc function only recognize distributions available "natively" within R?

Thanks again to all, your help is highly appreciated for a newbie like me!



-----Original Message-----
From: Dimitris Rizopoulos [] Sent: May 12, 2006 3:01 AM
To: Philip He; Chaouch, Aziz
Subject: Re: [R] Maximum likelihood estimate of bivariate vonmises-weibulldistribution

> On 5/11/06, Chaouch, Aziz <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm dealing with wind data and I'd like to model their distribution
>> in order to simulate data to fill-in missing values. Wind direction
>> are typically following a vonmises distribution and wind speeds
>> follow a weibull distribution. I'd like to build a joint distribution

>> of directions and speeds as a VonMises-Weibull bivariate
>> distribution.
> In order to built a bivariate distribution from two marginal
> distributions (wind direction, wind speed) , more information is
> needed to specify the relation between these two marginal
> distributions.For example, a conditional distribution may help.

An alternative in such cases (i.e., when marginals are available but the joint is difficult to postulate) is to use copulas, which can construct multivariate distributions from univariate marginals. If this is appropriate for this application, the "copula" package might be of help.


Dimitris Rizopoulos
Ph.D. Student
Biostatistical Centre
School of Public Health
Catholic University of Leuven

Address: Kapucijnenvoer 35, Leuven, Belgium
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